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Companion Rescue Skills
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Dec 14, 2024
Jan 11, 2025
Custom dates available


$197 + GST

Group Size
Maximum of 8, Min group size 6
Skill Level
Intermediate ski touring skills

Companion Rescue Skills

A modern 1day refresher of avalanche rescue techniques, equipment & resources...

Has it been awhile since your last avalanche skills training? Review and renew your practical rescue skills, learn about new avalanche equipment and discover modern probing, shoveling and group rescue techniques.

This 1day outdoor course follows Avalanche Canada’s program, goals and objectives. In addition to learning modern techniques, this course provide trip planing tools and rescue resource awareness. For more details browse below or contact us.

We will meet at 8:00am and do the first hour is classroom setting. We will review new rescue techniques, consider preventative measures, advancement in equipment and use of airbags. In the field we will practice transceiver skills, apply search and rescue techniques, practice searching without a transceiver, consider multiple burial situations, organize a group rescue and look at post-incident considerations during debrief. We will wrap up our field day by 4:30pm.

Intermediate Backcountry Skills / Intermediate to Advanced Downhill Skiing Skills. (avalanche safety gear, touring equipment and/or Split board required). Successful completion of Avalanche Skills Level 1.

Students are responsible to self evaluate their skills as groups need to be matched together based on prior experience and ability.  Please contact us to discuss your background and what kind of course would suit you best.

This course is based in Nelson BC. Field days will occur in the Selkirks Mtns, the local backcountry near Nelson. Details will be given to participants before course start. For a list of possible venues click Nelson Classics.  Contact us for more information or a custom course.

Kootenay weather can vary drastically. In winter you expect temperatures to be from -15C to –5C in the day while in spring daily temperatures could rise well above zero. Visibility may be poor or whiteout conditions when snowing heavily or clear on bluebird days. Ensure you are dressed for all variations as temperatures, wind, precipitation can change within the day.

  • Pre-trip planning support
  • Certified ACMG, IFMGA and/or CAA instructor
  • CRS class notes
  • Group safety equipment (communication device, rescue kit, first aid supplies, GPS, maps)

Not included in price:

  • Lunch, snacks
  • GST 5% tax
  • Avaluator™ Trip Planner
  • Avalanche Skills Training Handbook
  • optional field book: Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain
  • Personal ski touring boots, skis, skins or splitboard
  • personal avalanche safety equipment *SMG rentals available $40/day for complete set or beacon ($25), shovel ($10) & probe ($10)
  • Transportation to touring location
  • Trip cancellation, adventure travel insurance, medical insurance

Where can I rent Ski touring and safety equipment?

Here are a few outdoor stores in Nelson that supply good service and quality outdoor equipment and gear rental, please ensure you rent gear well in advance.

ROAM phone 250-354-2056
Valhalla Pure Outfitters phone 250-354-1006
Gericks phone 250-354-4622
Sacred Ride phone 250-354-3831

What transceiver should I use?

If you are interested in touring in the backcountry with friends or take one of our courses, it is very important to get a modern “triple antenna digital transceiver” with a marking function. We ask participants to ensure that they have a digital transceiver for the course.

For recreational skiers and boarders, we suggest the following beacons: Mammut-Baryvox “Element”, Ortovox “Zoom”, Peeps “Recon” or the Tracker “3” or “S”. For people that moving towards working in the ski industry a more professional “more advanced” beacons is recommended, such as Mammut-Baryvox “Pulse or S”, Ortovox “3+“ or Peeps “guide”, etc.

Skis, Telemark or Split Boards?

Which should you use? If you are a downhill skier then you should use Alpine Touring gear. Only if you are already an advanced Telemark skier or Snowboarder should you bring Telemark or Split Board gear. All types of gear can be rented in Nelson prior to your day trip. There are three types of backcountry systems you can use:

Alpine Touring skis are essentially downhill skis with a special touring binding which allows the heel to lift whilst going uphill or across the flats and then ‘locks down’ to become a regular downhill safety binding. We recommend this system to anyone with a background of downhill skiing who is not already an advanced telemark skier.

Telemark skis. These should only be used for this program if you are at least an advanced-intermediate telemark skier with some backcountry experience. This system is more difficult and less forgiving than the others.

Snowboarding with a Split Board is the most effective way to snowboard in the back country. We recommend this system to advanced snowboarder over snowshoeing.

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